Bio Defence Tests

The Profile 1 Smart 2 tests were developed and are used by the military for early warning of the use of Bio warfare weapons. First developed for and then used in the Gulf war, they have been refined and made more sensitive over time so that they are now suitable for use in detection of bio terrorism. The tests are simple to use, highly sensitive, and fast. Each test takes a few minutes to give a clear positive or negative result. There is no need to send away samples to laboratories, staff can be trained to do tests on site, ensuring maximum safety for staff working in high risk areas and causing the minimum of disruption to the services/ areas involved.

Current tests for most Bio weapons involves sampling, sending to a relevant laboratory known as an LRN laboratory (Not all Laboratories undertake these types of tests). It will mean either a “real time PCR (Polymerase Chain reaction) test which will take at least between 1 and 2 hours to perform once the specimen has reached the correct Laboratory. If “out of hours” testing is required, then specialist staff may have to be brought in to undertake the tests, with transportation as well, this could take a significant number of hours to get a result. If culture is required, the time taken to get a result becomes days.

Although the test shown below is for Anthrax, every test in the Profile 1 Smart 2 catalogue works in the same way, with the same methodology. This ensures training of staff to undertake the tests is simple and easy to remember.

Simple, fast, cost effective, makes the Profile 1 Smart 2 testing the first choice in Bio defence against bio terrorism.


Watch our video of the Profile 1 Smart 2 test in action.

Suggested precautions when conducting tests on suspect specimens.
Working with most suspected specimens/ articles requires Biological Safety Level II (BSL-2) facilities and practices.

Specimens should only be handled in a BSL-2 laminar flow hood with eyes protected (safety glasses, eye shields); closed-front laboratory coats with cuffed sleeves and gloves stretched over the cuffed sleeves should be worn. Personnel must avoid any activity in the work place that puts individuals at risk for infectious exposure, including activities that might create aerosols or droplet dispersal.

Work areas should be decontaminated after each use and contaminated supplies disposed of into proper receptacles (see pages on Q shield Bio fog/ hard surface disinfection system). Workers should avoid touching mucosal surfaces with their hands (gloved or un gloved) and should not eat or drink in the area to be used for testing. Each time before leaving the test areas, workers should take off and reverse their gloves before disposing them in a biohazard container, wash their hands and remove their laboratory coat. Use of Q shield foam is recommended after washing and drying of hands.